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How to get married at the Norfolk VA Courthouse

Feb 10, 2020

How to get married at the Norfolk VA Courthouse, bride and groom eskimo kissing in the rain

How to get married at the Courthouse in Norfolk VA

You’ve dreamed of your wedding day as a small, intimate, and romantic event with your closest people. Gather your favorite people, or stick to just you two and keep it simple by having your wedding at the Norfolk VA Courthouse!

What makes your marriage in Virginia legit?

A marriage license.

  • Application forms are processed online at the Public Access Terminals in the waiting area of the courthouse. Located at 150 St Pauls Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23510
  • You must bring with you:
    • photo identification
    • Social Security Number or Drivers License

No appointment is needed to obtain a marriage license.

How to get married at the Norfolk VA Courthouse, bride and groom hugging outside of the courthouse

how to get married in the Norfolk courthouse

Within 60 days of getting your marriage license say ‘I Do’ within the state lines of Virginia.

Pay $50 cash to the onsight Marriage Commissioner to perform your marriage at the courthouse.

The courthouse also provides Marriage Commissioners that perform ceremonies outside of the courthouse.

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how to make it official

The officiant must return the license within 7 days of the ceremony to the Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Once the clerk’s office receives the license they will record it and make you two official!

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how much does it cost?

Marriage License – $30

Courthouse Ceremony – $50 (cash)

Non-Courthouse Ceremony – $50 (estimate)

Official Copy of Marriage Certificate – $2.50

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what else should I know?

Parking can be tricky at the courthouse. Allow extra time to find parking. There are parking garages close by.

Parking Garages:


Fridays are the busiest days at the courthouse, your wait time will be longer.

You can schedule your marriage commissioner before your non-courthouse ceremony

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cost to have me as your photographer

Weekday Short & Sweet Ceremony – $400
– 1 hour of coverage
– Same day sneak peek
– 50+ images
– Gallery delivered within 4 weeks

Weekday Ceremony & Portratis – $700
– 2 hours of coverage
– Same day sneak peek
– 80+ images
– Gallery delivered within 4 weeks

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where can we take photos?

Courthouse Ceremony:
Good news! Photos are permitted in the Norfolk Courthouse during ceremonies! After you say ‘I Do’ we can take portraits right outside the courthouse or an alternate location.
Location Suggestions:
– Neon District
– Free Mason District
– Norfolk Botanical Garden (Permit Required)
– Pagoda & Chinese Garden

Non-Courthouse Ceremony:
If you want an intimate setting for your wedding ceremony but the courthouse isn’t your style, there are plenty of options!
Location Suggestions:
– Norfolk Botanical Garden (Permit Required)
– Hermitage Museum and Gardens (permit required)
– Pagoda & Chinese Garden

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helpful info

Courthouse Marriage Commissioners: (757) 664-4175
Non-courthouse Marriage Commissioners: (757) 268-4902
Grab a beautiful bouquet from:
I Do Weddings with Love
Studio Posy
Greenbrier Florist

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